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“The Ice Caves under Mendenhall Glacier”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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US$45.00*
and up
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
Ranked #6 of 96 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 23, 2012

The absolute most beautiful cave I have ever been in. Totally worth the Kayak trip in and the ice climbing over the Glacier. You need an experienced guide. Ice gear, warm layers etc. No food or bathroom once you leave the shore.

21  Thank KC-Thurber
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Simply the easy way to visit a glacier. The glacier is retreating and needs to be seen before you have to hike further. Please take time to see Alaska and all of it's scenery!

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We liked everything about it - the visitors center & rangers were XLNT !
Parking was easy (we rented a car) - the trails are well cared for & there are rangers everywhere to answer questions & share fascinating info.
The presentations in the visitors center by the rangers were awesome !

3  Thank wayne963
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Don't take a tour as it doesn't allow enough time to walk to waterfall and vistor center. Take local shuttle $8.00 or other available transportation. Tons of options available beside cruise ship dock.

12  Thank jasminecats
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

What a gorgeous sight! If you have the time, make sure to hike up the the waterfall! Will never forget this place!

2  Thank Krista G
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